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Old 06-25-20, 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by capnjonny
I just finished this Nishiki Olympic Mixte and am taking it to the shop tomorrow for them to sell. When I brought it home I was unimpressed with the color. It looked like dirty brown mustard. After I stripped the steel wheels and the drop bars and stem shifters it started to grow on me. By the time I had completely stripped it and gave everything a good clean I was in love. You can tell a bike has not been ridden when the crank spindle has absolutely no wear on it. The 40-52 tooth Maxi chain rings looked new, and the paint had almost no damage. Just a few pin holes.

I was starting to get a Serengeti vibe, the paint reminded me of a lion or leopard, and I almost painted spots on the frame. I did put a cool Bianchi saddle with leopard spots on it which I had been dying to use on a build. This was the time.

Even though it came with a nice Shimano 600 derailleur I decided to kit it out with Suntour bits, including a Vgt long cage rear and Spirt front Der, and Suntour adjustable ratchet thumb shifters. The original Diacompe center pulls were like new but I swapped in some Coolstop pads. For wheels I used a 1 1/4 x 27 at the back and a 1 x 27 in front , both with sealed bearings and stainless spokes.

New 1 1/8 x 27 gum walls from our huge stash of them and a new adjustable stem and new 2" riser bars with some custom brown grips completed the package

Oh, I almost forgot. I put a 6 speed Suntour 13-30 tooth freewheel on it . lots of range for hills or flats.

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Gorgeous bike! These are the mixtes that I'm always in search of: True mixte frame, good tubing, and forged dropouts.
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The Berk, Fuji Berkeley that had a stuck gooseneck, steel tapered cranks, bad wheels.

With the stem frozen in place I went to a friends with a more proper vice for handling this situation. Clamped the crown applied penetrates and torked the steel Nitto handle bars til they broke free.

New cup for the lower headset.
I removed 17.6 pounds of bike shaped parts.

I'll have it all together later today
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Old 06-25-20, 03:24 PM
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Built a set of wheels today..
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Finally finished the 1999 Terry Symmetry for my wife. It needed attention, but no serious problems.
All wheel bearings cleaned and repacked, new bottom bracket Tange LN-3922. New cables, brake pads, tires and tubes.
Stripped RSX brifters, cleaned and relubed. New SRAM chain.
My wife took it for a little ride and was happy despite the need for minor tweeks.


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Fixer upper to sell. They are well made.

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Old 06-27-20, 08:19 AM
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The Univega Gran Premio was parted out and frame sold. The parts were used on a Trek and sold. Well the opportunity presented itself and the Gran Premio is back. No now is being built with some of the stash.




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Old 06-27-20, 09:52 AM
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Here is the Fuji Berkeley in it's final form, I like it.
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'89 Specialized Rockhopper

At least I think it's an '89; certainly it's late 80s with a U-brake. I rebuilt the Specialized Rockhopper for my nephew who wants a bike to ride around town and go to school with. The bike is about a decade older than he is.

It has good quality 26 x 1.5 tires (with tire liners), new cables, new chain, new grips, and new shifters. I had to go with a 7 speed rear wheel that I robbed from an early 90s rockhopper as the old wheel was shot so I went ahead and replaced ths shifter as well. The sun friction shifters work well and they're a good deal at around $10 with cable and housing. I used old parts as much as I could. I also overhauled the bike.

I'll ride the bike for a few days to check it out before boxing and shipping it. I'll also get rid of the quick release seatpost binder bolt and replace it with less stealable one before I ship it.



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Old 06-27-20, 04:40 PM
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Old bar tape uses

Had some stuff left over and did this...



Haven't ridden it yet but feels better than big chunks of rubber
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Finally got all the paint stripped off of the Benotto. Just nooks n crannies left, to be followed up with a little cleaning/polishing, a WD-40 wipe down, and a a shot of Frame Saver inside.


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Old 06-28-20, 06:15 PM
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Wheels. Building and overhauling
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Picked up a early 80's 58cm Guerciotti for the SR group on it. Frame's too big for me (Dang!) so I'll have to get around to flipping it sometime.
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
The Berk, Fuji Berkeley that had a stuck gooseneck, steel tapered cranks, bad wheels.

With the stem frozen in place I went to a friends with a more proper vice for handling this situation. Clamped the crown applied penetrates and torked the steel Nitto handle bars til they broke free.

New cup for the lower headset.
I removed 17.6 pounds of bike shaped parts.

I'll have it all together later today
Nice vise
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Here is the final piece, 25 pounds 10 ounces with reflectors.

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Put GripShift MRX shifters and dumpster-found alloy brake levers (with the nifty bump out for those shifters) on a buddy's bike, a mid-'90s Diamond Back Apex. A year or so ago I'd put a riser stem and bars on it for a more comfortable riding position and now his tendonitis is making shifting more difficult. He likes the twist shifting and now wants an even taller stem/bar combo. He gave me the old original RapidFire STI levers that I'll never use.
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Originally Posted by SJX426
I have been having fun learning about 2nd gen Ergo's. I purchased two sets one day apart.

The first set were Chorus and it was a desperate move to get the De Rosa project completed. It has had a couple of issues including bottom bracket selection, brake mounting issues, FD not correct, etc. The last item to buy were a set of Ergos. The Chorus set looked OK on the pictures from the seller but after receiving them, I was disappointed in the amount of damage covered by the hoods. Although the right lever worked, it only worked through the first 6-7 positions using the back lever. Beyond that the lever worked but the thumb lever would return the selection all the way back to position one. Tear down time. Found the G spring retainer was broken in two places. I decided it was appropriate to examine the left as well. The body was dramatically damaged from being ground down. Parts were arded and arrived yesterday. Oh and the seller refunded about 35%.

The second set was offered by a very generous BF'r who sold me a set of Record with the right side in parts. Included were new hoods and G springs. Cleaned both sides up, lubed, assembled and they work very well without being cables.

Needless to say, i am well experienced with how to disassemble and assemble 2nd gen Ergo's. The only difference between Chorus and Record appear to be the nomenclature on the levers. Both sets have ball bearing for the pivot shafts. A replacement of the left body came with "QS Micron" on the front. it is identical to the "BB System" body. I think the 2nd get bodies are all the same but the internals may have changed.

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Bagged all the parts for the Chorus since the Records are going on the bike. I need to decide what to do with the Chorus set. Spare parts for now.
Used Ergo levers are always a bit of a gamble. You never know where they're going to be in the wear cycle. I did a rebuild once and found that I just don't have enough patience to enjoy it. For second and third generation, you can get complete replacement shift assemblies for around $100, which is worth it to avoid a rebuild in my book. Of course, that depends on the bodies and blades being in decent shape.

What is it about Campy levers that such a high percentage of them have crash damage? I know they're more likely to have been used for actual racing than most components, but it seems like it's rare to find a set of Campy Ergos that don't have at least some road rash on the brake body.
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I've been working on rebuilding my 1969 Raleigh International after sending it to L'Atelier for some minor Gugificazione (water bottle bosses and front rack mounts). The coil spring on the rear derailleur broke about a year ago, and it took me a long time to get around to replacing it. The chrome is rough and the paint, while, original isn't as good as it looks in a picture, so I decided to get the basic braze-ons and gamble that I could match the paint.

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After (Gloss Black Rustoleum):


I may never buy another non-black bike again.

I ended up replacing the 3-Pulley LePree rear derailleur with a 3-Pulley XC. I think this is about 38T of wrap.

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Originally Posted by Andy_K
Used Ergo levers are always a bit of a gamble. You never know where they're going to be in the wear cycle. I did a rebuild once and found that I just don't have enough patience to enjoy it. For second and third generation, you can get complete replacement shift assemblies for around $100, which is worth it to avoid a rebuild in my book. Of course, that depends on the bodies and blades being in decent shape.

What is it about Campy levers that such a high percentage of them have crash damage? I know they're more likely to have been used for actual racing than most components, but it seems like it's rare to find a set of Campy Ergos that don't have at least some road rash on the brake body.
Absolutely a gamble. I was trying to keep the cost down enough that I might rover most of the investment in $.
I think that the only Campy parts that are offered are those that have road rash! Most people would keep the parts otherwise. The explanation from the seller of the Chorus was the preplacement of the 10 speed with 11 speed. Claimed they worked fine when he retired them a few years ago. I think the move to 11 was inspired by the damage in his crash!
RDs suffer the same issue. Unless you buy NOS or near NOS they all have road rash on the upper pivot of the parallelogram links. That is the first place I look. FD suffer from a lot of wear on the inner plate, as might be expected. Gotta watch out for missing or substitute HW too!
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I painted a still-unidentified sport (mixte variant) frame for my daughter a few weeks ago. I'm slowing cleaning & polishing the parts for it while the paint cures. Hoping to have it completed in the next week or two.

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gaucho777 Nice color! Did you order that color as a custom paint? Tell us more about the paint.

I worked on cabling on the De Rosa Today. All done. Just need to put hoods on and test ride for minor adjustments.
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SJX426 Thanks. It's an automotive paint. San Leandro Color, where I bought the paint, specializes in paint for car restorations and refinishes. I went with my daughter and she picked out the color from their large selection of binders with sample paint colors.

Your De Rosa looks great!
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So work is busy, my back is bother me and I am always tired but I was desperate to ride the 'Speckled Trout' so I did a few things. I changed the bar/stem combo for something more to my liking. I am no sold on the colors just yet, I'd like to be able to replicate this fit with a silver stem somehow.

his is a fabulous riding bike! I swapped out the dark Wolber clincher for some silver tubulars to brighten the bike up but they sure help the ride quality. Much to my surprise the cranks are actually 172.5!


The bars were already wrapped h3nce the splatter tape. Much to my surprise the brake levers are the early SR/C-Rec w/o a quick release button. I may swap these out for the later slghtly larger ones. I think Tektro RL520 levers would pair better with the 105 calipers but I don't think the come with a white hood.



The paint on this is just incredible


I unfortunately noticed a issue when changing the wheels. It seems the right wheel adjuster is broken off! Not sure just what I might do with that, maybe just a pair of thos bolt on spacers.



BTW the "Speckled Trout" monoker comes as much for this specialized KC-135 varient as it does the fish
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I finally got around to cleaning and lubing the drive train on my Tommasini. After putting the rear wheel back on I heard a grinding noise. Checked the pads, wheel alignment and possible chain rub. The noise is coming from the hub axle.

Good thing I didn't slap on the new veloflex tires. It'll have to go to the shop next week for a new axle.

An option I do have is build my recently purchased Campagnolo SR hubs with Mavic hoops and simply swap wheelset. Ill decide later.


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Finally got back to this...I had moved some Raleigh bikes in to the shop to get ready to sell...they took up so much room! Anyhow they’re gone! I can move around the shop again!
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